Xbox Game Pass “close to launch,” to leave testing next week

It's "close to launch."

Towards the end of February, Microsoft revealed their games streaming subscription service called 'Xbox Game Pass.' Scheduled for a Spring release, Xbox Game Pass headed straight to the Xbox Insider program to be tested out until around April 28th.

Microsoft has confirmed that the subscription service will be leaving the Xbox Insider program on April 28th, saying that the program is getting close to launch.

"Thank you for participating in the Xbox Game Pass Alpha Preview," the message reads. "You feedback has been invaluable and will make the service better for all gamers….We're getting close to launch and Xbox Game Pass will be available for all gamers later this Spring."

Here's a list of some of the companies you can expect to participate in the Game Pass program.

  • 2K
  • 505 Games
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Capcom, Codemasters
  • Deep Silver
  • Focus Home Interactive
  • SEGA
  • THQ Nordic GmbH
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Microsoft Studi

Xbox Game Pass will cost $9.99 per month when it releases later this Spring. While subscribed to the service, users will be able to purchase games at 20% off the price of the base game and get an additional 10% off any related DLC and consumables "while the game is still in the Xbox Game Pass catalog."